NCNW Celebrates National Women’s Health Week!

NCNW Celebrates National Women’s Health Week!
NCNW Family and Friends, Happy Mother’s Day!  Dr. Dorothy I. Height, President Emerita and a surrogate mother to so many of us once said “Black women don’t do what we want to do-we do what we have to do!”  In our effort to care for our families, friends and communities, we often neglect our own mental, physical and spiritual health.  That is why health and wellness is among NCNW’s national priorities and why we are pleased to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office in observing National Women’s Health Week, beginning Sunday, May 11, 2014.I cannot think of a better Mother’s Day gift than the gift of good health-mind, body and spirit.  National Women’s Health Week is a great time to remember that we must:
  • Know your family health history
  • Know your numbers-Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol
  • Adopt healthy habits including nutrition, exercise, sleep and relationship management
  • Obtain all of the recommended health screenings at every age and stage of life
  • See a physician immediately when something just “doesn’t feel right!”


Watch for NCNW’s daily Fit: Mind, Body and Spirit message series all next week and be sure to forward it on to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.


In addition, will you join us to make a commitment to call at least one sister next week and remind her to schedule her “well woman” visit?  If she sounds a little nervous or afraid, offer to go with her!  If her answer is “I already did it”-send a virtual hug or high-five then challenge her to call at least one sister.  I’ve got my list and will be making calls-good health is vital as we continue to support our families and serve our communities.


Finally, for NCNW members in the metro DC, Virginia and Southern Maryland area-join us at our National Headquarters on Saturday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free and fun day of Women’s Health Activities including health information experts, health screening, fitness and nutrition.  Click here for more information about the event and register today!

For more information about NCNW’s Women’s Health Week activities, contact Phronie Jackson, MPH, Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) Coordinator, NCNW at or (202) 383-9107.


Ingrid Saunders Jones

National Chair, NCNW  


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